Well-known designer labels are not the only fashion making an appearance in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

In amongst the couture are a set of 12 avant-garde costumes designed and made by students from the University of East London.

They were given the challenge of creating the clothes for a pivotal scene in the film, starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders as dysfunctional fashionistas Patsy and Edina.

The task was bestowed on them thanks to a mutual friend of UEL fashion design senior lecturer Caryl Court and Ab Fab costume designer Rebecca Hale who said the students could be the cool, young talent she was looking for.

Caryl said: “I tried to hide my squeals of delight when they called. I just thought, for the students, the course, the university, this is something we absolutely had to do.”

She added: “The students were thrilled when I explained to them what we were going to be doing because everyone knows about Ab Fab, even students who were probably very young when it was last on television.”

UEL students work on the costumes for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

The film, which began as a television series in 1992, sees Patsy and Edina try to navigate London Fashion Week and features cameos from Joan Collins, Jeremy Paxman, Graham Norton and Emma Bunton.

The stars were out in force for the Absolutely Fabulous premiere held in Leicester Square on Wednesday, June 29 and the after party with guests including Kate Moss, who had a part in the film, Jennifer's comedy partner Dawn French and pop star Kylie Minogue who recorded the official song for the soundtrack.

Kylie Minogue arrived at the premiere with fiance Joshua Sasse.

The students were asked to create a collection of garments that would be displayed at a party hosted by Patsy for fictional Japanese designer Huki Muki.

They had just five weeks to transform red boiled wool, pleather, and foam into minimalist, avant-garde looks akin to the designs of Japanese designers Comme des Garçons and Yohi Yamamoto.

Fashion student Becky Smith said: “It’s just something completely different, especially us being only second-year students. But being in London, you’re at the centre of everything. So when opportunities like this come around, it’s really fantastic.”

The students got to visit the Ab Fab set and meet the cast, who included super model Kate Moss, and crew. Fashion student Chris Robertson said the entire experience was “pretty full-on and amazing”.

Stella McCartney arrives for the premiere alongside Kate Moss who had a pivotal role in the film.

He added: “Seeing it at the theatre will be a completely different experience,” he said. “It will be incredible to see something we did on such a big scale and with so many other people seeing it, as well.”

Carys said it had be great experience for them, getting to work to a client brief and she was proud of the result.

“It’s a huge amount of work for what probably won’t be much screen time, but that’s film, isn’t it?”

UEL students work on the costumes for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

The Ab Fab team also asked UEL alumna Yasmeen Uddin if she would allow her 2015 Graduate Fashion Week collection, comprised of clothing impressed with the faces of celebrities, to be featured in the film. One of Yasmeen’s dresses eventually made its way into the wardrobe of Edina’s ditzy assistant, Bubbles.

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